Although most Eph sports fans will be focused on the Amherst football game Saturday, it is an enormous day for Eph soccer as well:

  • Congrats to the women’s soccer team for winning its fourth straight NESCAC title.  The Ephs were led, as they have been all season, by three-time NESCAC player of the week (and now NESCAC player of the year), Sarah Wild ’11.  The title was triply sweet because the game was played on Amherst’s home turf, and the victory (1) avenged an earlier regular-season loss to Amherst, (2) gave the Ephs the edge in the all-time series vs. the Jeffs, and (3) ended the Amherst season one win shy of an NCAA bid (which could also have Director’s Cup implications down the line).  The Eph women head to Brandeis Saturday, where they will play Lasell in the first round of the NCAA tourney.  The Ephs have made three straight Sweet Sixteens, including one Final Four appearance, but have a tougher road ahead this year with, likely, no home games.   Congrats also to women’s soccer players Elizabeth Dankahl ’11 and Kara Duggan ’11, both of whom have earned recognition as scholar-athletes.
  • Men’s soccer, aided by a nation’s best strength-of-schedule, received an at-large bid to the NCAA tourney, an incredible sixteenth NCAA appearance in the last eighteen years for legendary Coach Mike Russo.  The Ephs hope to duplicate last season’s Final Four run, and will play at least their first two games on friendly turf, starting with hosting Suffolk on Saturday.  With three NESCAC rivals (Bowdoin, Middlebury, Amherst) in their quarter of the bracket, the Ephs will likely have some intense battles ahead should they survive the first two rounds.
  • Khari Stephenson ’04’s San Jose Earthquakes are in the semifinal round of the MLS playoffs.  The Quakes’ next game is likewise Saturday, November 13th.  After a strong start to his season, Khari has been hampered by an ankle injury, but hopefully is rounding back into form.  You can hear a podcast with Khari here; relevant portion begins at 31:30.
  • Congrats to Dan Calichman ’90 for coaching his CMS Stags to a second straight conference title, and an NCAA tourney automatic bid.  Although they didn’t make the tourney this season, fellow Eph soccer coaches Eric Watson ’97 and Erin Sullivan ’96 continue to helm perennial solid teams.
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